Seyi Akinade was a final year student of FUNAAB – Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta who unfortunately was one of the victims of SARS and Police Brutality.
I write this in honour of Seyi Akinade who is not here to tell his story.
This is Seyi’s Story, all were in his own words.
It happened again tonight, I had the same nightmare that’s been reoccurring for months now since the incident happened, same faces. SARS officials in their black uniform carrying us away in the dead of the night and I wake up with serious chest pain from fear of what I was about to experience. It happened on the 2nd of February 2020 I was in my hostel working on my post data slides (project) because I had to present the next day when all of a sudden these SARS official entered my room. It was around 10 pm and I still had my generator on maybe that was why they came to my room first, they just collected my laptop and phones, my friends were also in my room, we were all told to dress up and come outside one of my friend was given a dirty slap for practically not dressing up fast enough “what did we do?” I kept asking. They didn’t say anything and they threatened to waste me if I didn’t stop asking silly questions. We were handcuffed like armed robbers all 17 of us, we were squeezed into small cars like goats to the slaughter, and from camp Abeokuta, we were taken down to Ibara police station.
Immediately we got there I decided to plead with who was in charge that I had a presentation in school the next day, that they should please let me go early because at that time it was 12 in the midnight already, he said I will pay 200k! Ha! For what? I told him to go through my phone that I am not a fraudster, that I am a forex trader he went through my phone and my friend’s phone nothing was implicating there, except for the bank alerts and that money were not even mine, I told him they were investors money. I forgot to mention I opened a trade on my trading platform before they came to arrest us, I also pleaded with them to give me access to my phone so I can close the trade or something they thought I wanted to call someone and they slapped me for requesting for my phone, the trade kept running till the next day.
I slept in a cell that night for doing nothing, police will slap you and beat you, prisoners will beat you when you enter the cell too! I cried till the next morning not because I was sleeping in a cell for doing nothing but because I was on a losing trade with thousands of $ on the line and also because I was going to miss my project presentation which cannot be repeated. I was paraded like a thief in the morning and they were asking us what we did, with tears in my eyes I said “nothing” they still slapped me and told me to admit I’m a fraudster without having anything incriminating on my phone! That day I lost almost $20k trading and I missed my presentation in school. They still wanted to collect bail after beating and harassing us for nothing. Since then I’ve been in massive debt, I couldn’t complete my education.
And my life has been in shambles, I have receipts for everything I said on here in case anyone thinks I’m lying. Suicide has been the only thought on my mind every day. So in case, I hurt myself and anyone is curious as to why I did it. This is my story.
I guess its goodbye now…no one heard my cry for justice and this had to happen haha…bye world.
That was his last tweet, I later confirmed from his brother that he had committed suicide 💔 I hate that it had to happen like that, I can’t even begin to imagine the number of things he must have bottled up, what was going through his mind, how tired and frustrated he must have been.
Sadly this is the reality of most Nigerian Youths, just for existing. 💔
Rest In Peace Seyi Akinade, thank you for sharing your story, heaven has definitely gained an angel. 👼🏾🤍🤍🤍🤍✨
I pray for strength, peace and comfort for the entire family.
This is just one of many stories, we just want the Nigerian government to end it, No Sars, No Swat, our lives matter💔
Please don’t forget to tweet about Sars, educate someone about it too.
Thank you for reading,
Stay good, stay safe.